4K glory and cross-platform play

All purchases from now on will be available across all devices at no extra charge. Basically, servers make it easier for you to enjoy multiplayer Minecraft and access new mini-games, worlds, and friends to craft with!

Sony PlayStation 4 has dominated the latest generation of consoles, outselling Xbox One two to one, according to industry trackers.

That also brings a name change to just Minecraft across all these versions, i.e., Pocket Edition will be no more - just plain ol' Minecraft. "Minecraft" communications manager Aubrey Norris even said, "We have no intention to push people one way or other". "Today we're able to confirm Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but all of our current-gen partners - we're interested in connecting all of the Minecraft players".

The event also unveiled a version of the hit fantasy role-playing game Skyrim tailored for play on PlayStation virtual reality gear. Moving forward, every version of Minecraft will simply be known as "Minecraft", when they're part of the bedrock engine.

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The update is scheduled to arrive in "summer", although nothing more specific has been mentioned when it comes to timeline. There's a "Minecraft: Java Edition", which is the original PC game (still supported). Minecraft Realms let explorers and tinkerers on different platforms build together, and Rocket League let competitors face off. This new Super Duper Graphics Pack will come with free 4K support and dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, etc.

There was no mention of the Xbox One X console unveiled a day earlier by rival Microsoft in a heightened challenge to PS4. While servers are now being used, Mojang is offering official support to community members for the first time, initially partnering with Lifeboat, InPvP, Mineplex, and Cubecraft at launch.

Servers are also getting some attention in Better Together. You can take a look at the new update in a trailer below.

  • Delia Davidson